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Switching power amplifiers offer the potential for superior efficiencies if used at radio frequencies. However many existing bandpass architectures require a switching frequency four times that of the signal, making implementation difficult. In this paper we propose to use a high-pass sigma-delta modulator to reduce the switching rate to only twice of the signal. We will present a solution to the problem of the reflected image and demonstrate it's viability for use in mobile telephony.
Date of Conference: 27-30 Aug. 2007